If you’re a cult movie fan, I’d recommend picking up a copy of the Sunday Times tomorrow.
Like a lot of newspapers they have been giving away movies on DVD with the newspaper recently, and whilst quite often they have been movies that would turn up in bargain bins, tomorrows is a bit different.
They are giving away a copy of Donnie Darko, which whilst the original 2001 version can be picked up pretty cheaply, they are giving away the distinctly superior 2004 director’s cut that includes 20 minutes of extra footage, and is altogether more comprehensible. Amazingly it was only released on DVD at all a year ago, so it’s a pretty quick turnaround to a freebie give-away!
If you’ve not come across the film before, it is well worth watching, but it is not your usual Hollywood action packed switch-off-your-brain popcorn effort. Although it revolves around a troubled teenager, it’s not a teen movie either. At it’s heart it’s really a ‘proper’ science fiction story, something you don’t see in a movie much at all.
The central character, Donnie Darko himself, is a brilliant, but troubled student living in Middlesex Virginia. In the middle of the night he is woken from his sleep by a strange voice, that leads him out onto the local golf course where he talks to what appears to be a giant, demonic looking rabbit called Frank, who tells him that the world is going to end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. After he wakes up on the golf course the next morning, Donnie returns home to find that a jet engine has fallen from the sky and crashed through his bedroom – had he been there he would have been killed. The film then follows Donnie over the next 28 days, as Frank continues to appear, and leading him to do increasingly strange things. Donnie also starts to see more strange things that he can’t explain. On the one hand it seems to be that he is suffering from a psychosis, however on the other hand what Frank asks him to do is very specific. On top of that Donnie is given a book called the Philosophy of Time Travel which appears to explain what he is seeing and experiencing. All the time the days click closer to the doomsday predicted by Frank.
If you get a chance to pick up a copy of the paper tomorrow, I’d highly recommend it. Of course if you don’t like the movie, you’ve not spent out much, and you’ve got a newspaper to read into the bargain!